Leadership Team


Michael Auer | President
2016-2018, Austria

Michael Auer is Vice Rector, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Senior Researcher at Carinithia University of Applied Sciences (Austria). He is a senior member of several engineering education organizations and was a one of the founders of IAOE & GOLC.

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Ramiro Jordan | President-Elect
2017-2018, United States of America

Ramiro Jordan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also Associate Dean of Engineering for International Programs at the University of New Mexico. He is also one of the organizers and hosts of WEEF-GEDC 2018 Albuquerque.

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Vice Presidents

Tania Bueno | First Vice President & Treasurer
2017-2019, Brazil (i3G)

Tania Cristina D’Agostini Bueno is a consultant in the area of Knowledge Engineering for Software Development, a researcher, and Chairman of the Scientific Council Institute for Electronic Government and Intelligence and Systems (i3G) and Permanent Founding Member.

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Javier Cano | Student Affairs
2017-2019, Colombia (SPEED)

Javier CANO serves as SPEED Vice-President of Finance and was the 2017 Global Student Forum Chair. He is also the founder of the JADA Foundation, a social entrepreneurship venture providing educational opportunities via accessible technology while preserving local cultures in Colombia.

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Uriel Cukierman | Capacity Building
2017-2019, Argentina (CONFEDI)

Uriel Cukierman served as IFEES President between 2014 and 2016. He is a professor and researcher at Argentina’s largest engineering school, the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN). He was host of WEEF 2012 Buenos Aires.

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K. Manivannan | Industry & Academia Relations
2016-2018, India (ISTE)

Dr K Manivannan is currently CEO of the Mohamed Sathak Group of Institutions and Dean-Academics of the Mohamed Sathak A J College of Engineering, a pioneering institution in the state of Tamilnadu, India. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Fluid Mechanics and his M.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering.

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Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof | Diversity & Inclusion
2016-2018, Malaysia (SEEM)

Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof is the Director of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre of Engineering Education. She conducts reasearch in engineering education and dynamic process modeling & control. She was one of the organizers and hosts of WEEF 2017 Kuala Lumpur.

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Executive Committee

Paul Marca
2017-2019, United States of America (IACEE)

Paul Marca is Associate Vice Provost, Stanford University, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. In 2013, he launched a joint online non-credit certificate program between the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. Paul serves the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) as a council member and First Vice President.

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Michael Milligan
2016-2018, United States of America (ABET)

Michael Milligan is the Executive Director and CEO of ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits nearly 3,600 college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology in 29 countries.

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Luis Manuel Sánchez Ruiz 
2017-2019, Spain (SEFI)

Luis Manuel Sánchez Ruiz is a professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain, with his primary lecturing addressing aerospace engineering for over a decade. He is also a researcher in engineering education and functional analysis from theoretical and applied points of view.

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Christina White
2016-2018, United States of America (NAE-GCSP)

Christina White earned her Ph.D. in Humanitarian Engineering Education from Columbia University (USA) She is the Global Chair for NAE’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program and a postdoctoral research associate with the Singapore MIT Alliance for Technology & Research.

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Yao Zheng
2016-2018, China (CSEE)

Yao Zheng is a Cheung Kong Chair professor at Zhejiang University. He is the director of the Center for Engineering & Scientific Computation and the founding deputy dean of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

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Natacha DePaola | GEDC Chair (Ex Officio)
2017-2019, United States of America

Natacha DePaola is the Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). She is the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the USA.  She does significant research in specialized fiels within biomedical engineering and is leading distinctive education initiatives emphasized by the opportunity to apply ongoing learning and technical knowledge to the solution of current problems of global impact.

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Office of the Secretariat

Hans-Jürgen Hoyer | Secretary General
United States of America

hans-jurgen-hoyerHans-Jürgen Hoyer is Secretary General for IFEES, Executive Secretary of the GEDC, and a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at Marquette University’s OPUS College of Engineering. He has decades of experience working globally.

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Kayla Hellal
International Communications and Web Manager

Aldo Tase
International Programs Assistant

Gifford Cheung
Deborah Donovan
Kirsten Fledderjohn